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Poster: Liamfinnegan Date: Apr 21, 2007 9:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Unheralded 71 show delivers the goods- especially on the Jer Ballads

10-30-71 the place is Taft auditorium, Cincinnatti OH- among the giants of fall 71 sits this show- on the banks of whatever the river was there in those days- and this is a beauty- I am starting to notice a pattern regarding how the band plays in certain locales- I know many have thought this over the years, but it is really shining through for me...

Case in point- I pointed out a spectacular Wheel a few weeks ago in Cincinnatti in 89. In a similar vein, the singing of Comes a Time is so tender and gorgeous- and at one point Jerry reaches for a vocal phrase out of his range- about 4:05 into the song- and NAILS it- and then the ending solo- takes your breath away.

On to Ramble on Rose- or better known as my current favorite Ramble on Rose- this one has stage banter prior to it- where Jer says we "laughingly refer to this one as Rambling Rose"- and Phil give a fake halloween laugh- they then launch into the song and Jerry delivers this one, if you can believe it, with a sneer- and there is a sarcastic tone to the chorus singing behind jer. Check it out- it is a killer version.

All in all a great discovery this mischeif night

http://tela.sugarmegs.org/boxofrain/gd1971-10-30.wma


This post was modified by Liamfinnegan on 2007-04-21 16:16:38

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Apr 20, 2007 5:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Unheralded 71 show delivers the goods- especially on the Jer Ballads

This was a delightful show with a story to go with it. I was a junior in college in Ohio, so I always caught the cinci--columbus--cleveland--michigan run. I had a friend at schoo, Michael Wheeler, a trumpet player with an incredible ear. He had never heard the dead, so one day I put on side two of anthem. He had never touched a bas guitar before, but he picked up my roommate's and within seconds was dueling with Phil during the jam. So much for the trumpet.

Anyway, he was back home in Cinci and got a set of tickets. I went early, and we stopped at a friend's house. The two of the had been playing together for a few months. I smoked a j, sat back, and they played death don't have no mercy in a way that would make Jack and Jorma proud.

Off we went to the show. I was as hight as any kite and Mike and I decided to wear some file cards around our necks with the word "Press" scribbled on them. We no doubt looked like a couple of completely stoned idiots--probably because we were a couple of completely stoned idiots. Don't ask how, but we weaseled backstage--maybe it was Mike's camera, maybe it was pure fool's luck. . In between sets, Garcia comes by and says, "Hey I'm ready for the interview." Then that laugh of his as he wandered on for the break.


Oh--Mike's friend taped the show off the radio. It was the first really good tape that I had. And, yes, the Bertha was clipped by the station.

Ah, the power of the press.

The gig was great as well, even though there was no Star or Other One.

This post was modified by ghostofpig on 2007-04-21 00:27:14

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Poster: dehead Date: Apr 20, 2007 7:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Unheralded 71 show delivers the goods- especially on the Jer Ballads

That's a great story GOP. Wish I would have tried that.

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Poster: Chris Freedom Date: Apr 20, 2007 8:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Unheralded 71 show delivers the goods- especially on the Jer Ballads

This is what the archive is all about.

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Poster: wineland Date: Apr 21, 2007 12:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Unheralded 71 show delivers the goods- especially on the Jer Ballads

Working late, cleaning up email, on the West Coast and I was searching for a good show. Will jump on this one right now. Is this early Keith with no Pigpen? A sad and exciting time all rolled into one groovy dobbie.

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Apr 21, 2007 7:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Unheralded 71 show delivers the goods- especially on the Jer Ballads

This was a complete shocker to me. I had no idea that Pig was ill. The backstage word was that he was in bad shape and the prognosis was not great.

As to the rest of it: sneaking backstage used to be an art. Getting tossed out was bad news--I ws more than once tossed out the back door! But, stub in hand, I could get back in and take my seat.

The scene was policed by the road crew. Hence Ran Rod picking me up like an old box and moving me. But there were the good stories as well. My favorite moment in all those years was being backstage at the Fillmore East, having just bullshat a crw member, when Jerry strolls by, join in hand. Being young and stupid, and having no sense of decorum or coolness (that hasn't changed, has it?), I uttered words at Jerry as he glanced at me and said hello. I stuck out my hand and asked him to "slip{me} for and a half]. He glared at me for a millisecond, then laughed and slapped my hand. Off he went. And so did I.

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Poster: wineland Date: Apr 23, 2007 8:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Unheralded 71 show delivers the goods- especially on the Jer Ballads

Wow, great story. Having seen my first show 6.23.90, I can only read and dream about those early days. Must have been a fun scene. Good to hear stories from some of the people that saw the dawn of the Dead.

I used to moonlights catering for a friend from 95-03. We had a couple accounts that got us backstage. We catered for the bands and road crew then loaded up the buses and sent them on their way.

In 2001 Phil had his own chef. I took her to a local organic food store and we picked out the menu for Phil. He had his wife and boys with him since it was summer. Really good people. Warren Haynes was very cool too. That year he did his solo act as an opener to Phil & Friends.

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Poster: deadhead66 Date: Apr 21, 2007 8:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Taft Theatre 10/30/71

The highlight of the show for me is the interstitial byplay between Jerry and a bumptious fan who repeatedly calls out for "Truckin'." Jerry's rebuke is harsh but eminently sensible, something like, "Hey, man, what are you -- a cop? 'Play "Truckin'"! 'Play "Truckin'"!' We'll play whatever we like, man!" Then, after a cooling pause, more contemplatively: "What about all the folks who might not like "Truckin'?" Of course, the band obliges deep in the second set, and the fan, the crowd, and the vocalists all shriek in glorious satisfaction.

Best,
deadhead66

This post was modified by deadhead66 on 2007-04-21 15:41:00

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